They are having WAY more fun there than we are having in our solar system.
Source: Laughing Squid
A GIFset of Ghosts of Evolution
GIF-Ghosts of Evolution
GIFts of Evolution
I don’t even know. Creative post titles are hard, okay? Just watch it or something :)
P.S. - In the third one do I look like the world’s greatest magician or what?
"Why Do I Study Physics?" is a brilliant animated film that captures not only how beautiful the world is when viewed through the lens of physics, but also how nature’s imperfections, life’s asymmetry and the ever-increasing circle of the unknown reinvent that beauty on a daily basis.
Simply put, this is wonderful. Almost everything is everything else.
A graduation project by Xiangjun Shi from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The Solar System — our home in space, a whimsical educational animation by Kurzgesagt.
To be honest, the solar system always makes me smile, but especially when it’s presented like this.
Follow that with "How Big Is Our Solar System?"
Via thekidshouldseethis, a truly beautiful animated look that explains the simple elegance of DNA, and how, with just four bases at its disposal, it can code for everything that we are and everything that we know:
Director William Samuel and London-based studio Territory made this beautifully illustrated explainer of DNA for BBC Knowledge and Learning. Read more about their inspiration (hint!) and the BBC’s forthcoming site here.
Stardust … to which we shall return
This is an animated story about Voyager 1, the farthest man-made object from Earth, and currently making its way out of our solar system. We (and it) were born of cosmic dust and gas that condensed to form our planet and its neighbors about 4.6 billion years ago. When our Sun swells to a red giant, we shall return to dust again. Perhaps we will be reborn as a comet, or rogue asteroid, or nothing at all.
This is what will become of Earth. But do not despair, because our atoms will live on, as will the body of our creation, Voyager 1, and likely many others. Were it not long dead by that time, its power source spent, it could look back upon the remnants of the Pale Blue Dot it most famously captured and witness our return to dust. No matter our fate, it carries upon it our image and our message forever, on a plate of gold, a letter to the stars that will never be dust.
I just can’t attach enough adjectives to this video from PostPanic Studios. That solar animation! Wow! It’s beautiful, stunning, amazing and wonderful. Watch it in full screen and do enjoy :)
Is light a particle or a wave? An animated explanation.
Both? Neither? A little bit of this, a little bit of that? Light has a less-than-illuminated history that seems to get more complicated and interesting with time. Very cool look at what we do and don’t know about light’s behavior.
Also useful as a way to make fun of the ancient Greeks, because little light horsemen? Really? You Greeks are hilarious.
Your weekend moment of zen, from the ORDER animation studio. There are few passages more iconic and everlasting than Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot. After a hundred times, it still makes me smile.
Here’s a previous animated version of Pale Blue Dot, and be sure to check out Sagan’s words set to some beautiful landscapes. Finally, don’t forget to marvel at the original photo from Voyager that started it all.
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